An 83-year-old Catholic nun convicted in a protest and break-in at the top US storehouse for bomb-grade uranium will find out today whether she spends what could be the rest of her life in prison.
Sister Megan Rice is one of three peace activists convicted of sabotage last year after they broke into the nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
The government has recommended sentences of about six to nine years each for Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed.
- Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Says Army donation Is Voluntary
- Rock On 2 Trailer Launch: Farhan Akhtar, Shraddha Kapoor, Prachi Desai On Their Roles
- Cyrus Mistry’s Career Timeline
- Stalker Kills Woman At Metro Station In Gurgaon: Here’s What Happened
- Bigg Boss 10 October 24 Review: Seven Contestants Nominated For Evictions
- Power Struggle In Mulayam’s Party: Here’s What People Reacted
- 1 Dead, 5 Injured In Low Intensity Explosion In Delhi’s Naya Bazaar Area
- Delhi: Naya Bazar Explosion Cctv Footage
- Twitter War Between Congress Leader Amarinder Singh & Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
- Life Of Actor-Dancer Ashwini Ekbote Who Died During A Performance
- Idea Exchange With Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
- PM Narendra Modi Bats For Equal Rights : Here What He Said On Triple Talaq
- Uncle Shivpal Targets Akhilesh, Claims CM Told Him He Will Form Another Party
- Pakistan Continues To Violate Ceasefire In RS Pura
- Samajwadi Party’s internal fight divides SP
The three cut through fences and painted slogans on the outside wall of the uranium processing plant. The protesters also splattered blood and hammered on the wall.
The activists are asking for leniency. They say their actions at the Y-12 National Security Complex were symbolic
and meant to draw attention to America’s stockpile of nuclear weapons, which they call immoral and illegal.
“These people have been committed peace and justice advocates for decades,” defence attorney Bill Quigley said.
He noted that there is no minimum sentence. The activists have been in prison since they were convicted in May, and it is possible that they could be sentenced to time served.
The activists have presented the judge with thousands of support letters from around the world, which Quigley called the greatest show of support he has seen in his two decades of working with protesters.
“I think that is mostly because of Sister Rice,” he said.
“She’s very well loved and has lots of people praying for her and supporting her.”
One of the letters entered into the court record is from a nun in London, Sister Katharine Holmstrom.
“Your court faces a great challenge making a careful distinction between persons who act in clear conscience, guided by a moral vision, and others whose actions may be self-serving or maleficent in nature,” she wrote to the judge.
Quigley said he has spoken with all three defendants, and they are prepared for the possibility of longer sentences.
Rice turns 84 on Friday.